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‘Red, Red Clay’ by Francesca Schiavone and Li Na


Red Red Wine 

Li Na finally won her first major at the ripe, old age of 29.

Francesca Schiavone’s hopes of defending her 2010 title were dashed by the daughter of a former badminton player. Li Na was told to switchover to tennis at eight by her coach. 

If there is a theme song for  the two unlikely protagonists in yet another fairy-tale ending at Roland Garros, it can only be ‘Red Red Clay’, a modified version of UB40’s ‘Red Red Wine’.

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Bolting Indian Hockey players (Satire)


Usain Bolt Crystal Palace Meeting in 2007

CHANDIGARH—

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Hockey India (HI) have received  urgent faxes  from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)  and Athletics Federation of India (AFI) requesting access to their training methods.

The appeal follows a report in the Hindustan Times that Indian hockey players are masters of the short sprint, able to cover 10 metres in a minimum time of 1.57 seconds. This beats Usain Bolt’s existing record of 1.89 by a whopping margin.

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Sanjay Manjrekar: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Iasi Sevens Helmet

What he said:

“Fans scream ‘Dilscoop’, and I think, ‘Thank god for the helmet’.”

Sanjay Manjrekar makes it clear that cricketers had it harder in his day, without the protection of a helmet.

What he really meant:

“Dilscoop—without protective gear—is akin to suicide.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Ice-cream, anyone?”

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Madan Mitra: What he said, really meant and definitely didn’t


Snake charming

What he said:

“I didn’t know whether to invite players or call snake charmers to get rid of the snakes that crawled all over.”

West Bengal’s sports minister, Madan Mitra, laments the state of Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium, slated to host the Argentine soccer team on the 2nd of September, 2011.

What he really meant:

“I’m tearing out my hair in frustration and disbelief. I can’t walk around the ground, how will footballers play?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Let’s play snake-and-ladders instead.”

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Shane Warne’s ‘breach of IPL contract’ exposed (Satire)


Shane Warne bowling for the Rajasthan Royals a...

MUMBAI—

That Shane Warne was fined for “a serious breach of his IPL playing contract” is today’s old news.

MakeTimeForSports managed to get the inside story behind the $50,000 fine imposed on the temperamental spinner.

Sources inform us that the contract states that Shane Warne would render services to Rajasthan Royals in his capacity as a cricketer i.e. bowling, batting and fielding.

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Indo-Pak semi-final at Mohali sets the stage for cricket diplomacy


Manmohan Singh, current prime minister of India.

Cricket diplomacy is back.

An Indo-Pak semi-final in a World Cup is a momentous occasion. It warrants an attempt to bring the two nations closer.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may be besieged by the multiple scandals hitting his beleaguered   government but he has not forgotten how to make a grand gesture.

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ICC World Cup 2011: Irish Luck and DRS howlers


Mahendra Singh Dhoni bowlingat Adelaide Oval

MS Dhoni bowled a bouncer at the ICC: Image via Wikipedia

The Irish rode their luck—the other night—to throw a spanner in England’s attempt to progress to the quarter-finals.

Kevin , the other O’Brien—younger brother to Niall who rang the curtain call on Pakistan’s exit in the 2007 World Cup—hit the fastest World Cup century ever off just 50 balls.

He was cool, calm and collected. He was to the manor born.

If there was any doubt that talent exists in the lower echelons of the ICC, Kevin O’Brien and Ryan ten Doeschate blew those vacillations to smithereens.

IPL barons, take note.

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Saina Nehwal Caps Year With Hong Kong Super Series Triumph


May 12, 2010 - Kuala Lumpur, China - (100512) -- KUALA LUMPUR, May 12, 2010 (Xinhua) -- India's Saina Nehwal returns a shot to China's Wang Yihan during the women's singles match at the quarterfinals of Uber Cup badminton championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 12, 2010. Saina Nehwal lost 1-2. (Xinhua/Zhang Chen.

Saina Nehwal added another glorious chapter to the annals of Indian sport on Sunday, the 12th of December, 2010.

The young Hyderabadi clinched her fourth Super Series title at Hong Kong defeating her Chinese opponent Shixian Wang 15-21, 21-16, 21-17 in one hour and 11 minutes.

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English press: Reactions from the other side


“The tables have turned from four years ago when we were in disarray and our selections were poor. Now it is the Australians’ turn to take some pain and grief, because they have got some big question marks about a few of their players and whether they should be picked for the third Test in Perth.

Remember, they gave us plenty of stick four years ago, so don’t shed any tears for them.”

Geoffrey Boycott in The Telegraph

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IPL: Recusal, All-Rounder Ganguly and the return of Lara (Satire)


ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MARCH 10: Brian Lara and guest arrive at the Laureus World Sports Awards 2010 at Emirates Palace Hotel on March 10, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Laureus)

The BCCI created some kind of legal precedent by forcing former Justice BN Srikrishna—the court-appointed arbitrator for the legal battle between BCCI and Kings XI—to seek recusal from his engagement.

The legal luminary represented the Wadia group over 35 years ago when he was a young lawyer. Ness Wadia is a stakeholder in Kings XI Punjab.

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